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You Hold Me Up
By (author): Monique Gray Smith Illustrated by: Danielle Daniel
Monique Gray Smith ,

Illustrated by :

Danielle Daniel

Imprint:

Orca Book Publishers - Victoria

ISBN:

9781459814479

Product Form:

Hardcover

Form detail:

Picture book, Paper over boards, Printed dust jacket
Hardcover , Picture book, Paper over boards, Printed dust jacket
English

Audience:

Juvenile: Age (years) 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) P - K, Grade (US) P - K, Reading age 3 - 5
Oct 31, 2017
$19.95 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

9in x 9 x 0.38 in | 380 gr

Page Count:

32 pages

Illustrations:

full color images
FSC certified – mixed sources C106973
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings
Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Friends and friendships|Children’s picture books|Early years: people who help us|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Emotions, moods and feelings|Interest age: from c 24 months|Relating to indigenous peoples
North America
jC813/.6 23
 
AICL's Best Books 2017, Commended Quill & Quire's kidlit and YA Books of the Year 2017, Commended Resource Links The Year's Best 2017, Commended Bank Street College Best Children's Books of the Year starred selection 2018, Commended Global Read Aloud 2018, Commended CCBC Best Books 2018, Commended Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award 2018, Short-listed TD Summer Reading List 2020, Commended
  • Short Description
An evocative picture book intended to foster reconciliation among children and encourage them to show each other love and support.
You hold me up. I hold you up. We hold each other up.

Encourage children to show love and support for each other and to consider each other’s well-being in their everyday actions.

Consultant, international speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith wrote You Hold Me Up to prompt a dialogue among young people, their care providers and educators about reconciliation and the importance of the connections children make with others. With vibrant illustrations from celebrated artist Danielle Daniel, this is a foundational book about building relationships, fostering empathy and encouraging respect between peers, starting with our littlest citizens.

Key Selling Points

  • Simple but powerful text shows us the different ways we can respect and be kind to one another in this moving picture book.
  • The author is well-known for her board and picture books. Her title My Heart Fills with Happiness was selected for the 2019 TD Grade One Book Giveaway.
  • Danielle Daniel's book Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox was the winner of the 2016 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award (CCBC), a finalist for the First Nation Communities Read Award and the 2017 Blue Spruce Award, and was named one of NY Public Library's Most Notable Titles in 2015.
  • You Hold Me Up has been translated into French, Plains Cree and Anishinaabemowin.

Monique Gray Smith is an award-winning, bestselling author and public speaker. Her books cover a broad spectrum of ages, topics and emotions. Woven into all of Monique’s writing and her speaking engagements is the teaching that Love is Medicine. Her books include Speaking our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation, My Heart Fills With Happiness, You Hold Me Up, Lucy and Lola, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience, Tilly and the Crazy Eights, When We Are Kind and I Hope. She has also created the young adult adaptation of Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Monique is Cree and Scottish. She lives with her family on the Traditional Territories of the Lək̓ʷəŋən and WSÁNEĆ Peoples.

Danielle Daniel is the author and illustrator of Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox, winner of the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, a finalist for the First Nation Communities Read Award and the Blue Spruce Award and a New York Public Library's Most Notable Books of 2015. Danielle earned her MFA from the University of British Columbia. She writes and paints in Little Current, Ontario.



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"All the words and art offer a warm and positive message. Simple and pointed phrases are printed boldly on white or pastel backgrounds...with stylized, bright, watercolor illustrations on each opposing page...cheeks with outlined, bright pink circles; other features are sweetly expressive lines of ink, sometimes including little heart for mouths. Birds, flowers, and gaily patterned wallpapers add to a feeling of contentment and communal power...Calming, positive, and serenely affirmative." - Kirkus Reviews

"Smith's text is heartwarming! And the illustrations, by Danielle Daniel, reflect Native people in the present day. Like My Heart Fills with Happiness, this new book by Smith is one that parents, grandparents, pre-school and elementary teachers, and librarians, will want to have on their shelves." - Debbie Reese, American Indians in Children's Literature

"People of all ages can find something of value within the pages of Monique Gray Smith and Danielle Daniel's book…Smith has Cree and Lakota ancestry, while Daniel is Métis. With this book, they become quiet and understated—yet powerful—voices in an age of reconciliation. You Hold Me Up is simple, yet beautiful, subtle but thought-provoking. It contains critical messages about love, unity, and support. Through carefully chosen words and strong, colourful are, the book presents an important reminder to readers to sustain and support one another. Highly Recommended." - CM Magazine

"Perfect for a shared storytime as well as a lap-sit reading session, the actions of each person emphasize community, togetherness, and mutual respect. While sharing is a universal concept, Daniel's illustrations bring specificity to the narrative…Just as in Smith's board book My Heart Fills with Happiness, readers will joyfully make connections between their own communities and the indigenous one depicted here." - IndiePicks Magazine

"Smith's text is simple, but powerful, about the small and essential ways we all support each other…Daniel's illustrations have a playful approach, but are also nicely stylized and textured, with a collage effect and fine details, warm and familiar images of people together…Smith is writing about survival and resilience, about the strength and power that comes from the love we give each other." - Pickle Me This blog

"You Hold Me Up is a simply written book with a powerful message: we need each other…The story is simple enough that the youngest reader can read and understand; the vocabulary is not difficult or challenging for most readers. The book is an excellent way to start dialogue with children about ways we can show respect for one another and talk about how we treat each other. This book could certainly be used in lessons on reconciliation, manners, friendships, and relationships in general. It is an excellent book to use for reading aloud and prompting students to list examples of kindness and sharing. It would be a wonderful addition to any children's library." - Resource Links

"In simple words and simple illustrations these profoundly important messages are given to children. The sparsity of the words conveys the messages even more strongly." - Youth Services Book Review

"You Hold Me Up is a gentle but effective way to introduce the topic of Reconciliation to students of all ages." - ETFO Voice

"You Hold Me Up is a welcome addition to the ongoing conversations around healing and rebuilding relationships…Gentle, relevant and never heavy-handed, this book serves both as a quiet lullaby and a starting point for discussions on empathy, community and wellness." - Canadian Children's Book News

"A seemingly simple picture book that conveys a valuable message for all ages…The distinctive and soft illustrations by Daniel enhance the positive message by Smith about the power of companionship, compassion, respect and togetherness…This quiet book has a deep beauty and a universal message. " - Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award Jury

"Ideal for early readers by themselves, for lap-sitting, or as a read-aloud." - Canadian Literature

“Warm illustrations help to expand the brief text.” - The Horn Book Online

“A lovely meditation on compassion and respect...A strong sense of community runs through the poetic text and is warmly depicted in Daniel’s stunning watercolour paintings.” - 49th Shelf

“This colourful picture book highlights the important connections that young children make with their friends and family members.” - Canadian Teacher Magazine

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